Transfer and Mastered by Bill Koucky March 6, 2008
Green Mountain Bros.
I lived in Germany as an exchange student in '88-'89, and had visited Berlin in January of '89. No one would have believed that the Berlin wall would come down in October, or that the country would be unified soon after. Though I wasn't lucky enough to attend any of the Europe shows, this one really resonates for me, because of what was happening at the time, incredible world events. Particularly Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, and Throwing Stones all have powerful lyrics and themes that speak to the times. And the playing throughout is pretty phenomenal: the introspective Dark Star is spread out over Drums and Space and is filled with mystery. I took a stab at the 10/19 show as well, but did not come out at all right, so sorry, but don't expect to see a matrix of that one by me.
In general there are a lot of effects on the vocals and the drums in this show, mostly it's an echo effect. Sometimes things sound a bit muddy, but I made sure the matrixing process wasn't amplifying the effect. Also, I EQed out a very strong hiss on the AUD.
Digibuzzing in Jack Straw on the DSBD at 2:36 for less than a second, which I cut out.
Crowd noise missing from the DSBD between Walking Blues and FOTD, between FOTD and B. T. Wind, between Jack-A-Roe and Masterpiece, and between Masterpiece and Let It Grow.
Due to a tapeflip, there is crowd noise missing from the AUD after Black-Throated Wind, as well as the first 15 seconds of Jack-A-Roe.
There was a split-second glitch on the AUD in the intro to Masterpiece at 0:38 that I cut out.
There is a jump in the crowd noise on the AUD in Space at 2:02 that I left in.
There is a pop at 2:39 in Space, but it's on both sources, so I left it.
I put the NFA crowd chant and the encore at the end of disc one, for weirdos like me who still use cds. But of course, it's seamless if you want to put it back together.
December 18, 2018 Subject:
Was at this show but the night before was much better. This show was an inspired show but 10/19 was almost perfection, especially for fall 90 after Brent's death. 1st set although great setlist has a lot of missed playing. 2nd set takes off and the band is soaring the first half. Post drums loses the spark and ends on a lower note. IMO
June 14, 2012 Subject:
Perhaps my favorite song selection for a first set of all time. Why i loved the early 90's shows when they were on because you never knew the mix of songs they were going to do while early to mid 70's were more predictable. Just speaking on song selection. GREAT SHOW>I hope the German's were GRATEFUL>
September 20, 2010 Subject:
2 days later back in 1990, I attended my only GD show in life at Frankfurt. We overcrowded that place with more than a dozen of friends, waiting for (and finding) one more friend coming over to Frankfurt from - you guess it! - Berlin, where he had to stay those days and thus visited exactly THIS show you're actually listening to.
His eyes were full of gloom when he tried to explain what he experienced in that hall the Germans call "Schwangere Auster" (pregnant oyster - because of the curious ceiling).
This friend used all the colours of the language he was able to use and went on to make us all happy for what to expect from the Frankfurt show.
We were not disappointed ;-) ;-) ;-)
Soon afterwards I got a hand on two 90 min's musicassettes of the FM version of this Berlin show and listenend foremost to the DS triptych over and over - maybe the tape is worn on that space now = grin! =
I learned to love the GD universe by this Berlin show, and it took years and years to find out the incredible broadth of this universe. But this Berlin tape still has a spacial corner of my heart:
MS halfstep is mellow and gentle and a standard to me since I heard it from Berlin, Bruce's piano virtuosity is listenable and first-time separated from the even fine Vince organ - both worth kneeling down for, Let It Grow grows and grows since then and ever after, the NFA and public chant is a must and the Dark Star > Drumz > Space > Dark Star is worth an own CD, I doubleswear = G R I N !!! =
Nowadays, exactly 20 years later on, I found this matrix version.
I T ' S O V E R W H E L M I N G !!! If you don't download it, there is absolutely NO excuse ;-)
You'll love it.
September 15, 2010 Subject:
dark star>drums>space>dark star